Empowerment

A ‘knowledge is power’ approach gives you the ability for better motivation and a long-term solution.

A better understanding of your condition, how to rehab and manage it, forms the foundation for long term healing…..

This education forms the basis of our empowerment approach, but can also be done for small groups for an insightful talk!
UNDERSTANDING BIOMECHANICS AND INJURY PREVENTION

Good biomechanics is key to optimal force generation and injury prevention. The principles of ideal biomechanical force generation lines will be explained with regards to the spine, upper and lower extremities. An understanding about compression and shear forces within the bony structures might be the main culprit to your problem! Necessary muscle function and training options will also be explained and discussed for a better understanding to manage your condition independently.

ERGONOMICS and BACK CARE

Ergonomics is not only about the “what you do”, but sometimes more about the “how you do it” throughout the day. Ergonomic assessments are aimed at reducing the risk of injury during daily activities at work and home. Advise will be given on how to adjust your working environment to apply good alignment as well as, how to do mobility exercises during the day at work and at home. Proper vehicle- and computer set-up, and Back-mechanics for optimal alignment and energy efficiency, forms part of your empowerment to manage your condition independently.

GOOD POSTURAL HABITS THE BASIS OF A STRONG CORE

Posture education and rehabilitation forms an integral part (the foundation), of any treatment with us. Posture is described relative to a plumb line and understood in terms of muscle balance and function. Gravity in combination with ageing and modern lifestyles e.g. spending hours stooped in front of computers, repetitive movement patterns in the sporting world, etc.  forces us out of this healthy balance. It is therefore important to actively strengthen your body against the forces of gravity. We actually do not have to have a stooped posture when we are old, if we consciously and actively work against gravity. A 24/7 awareness during the day, is one of the key principles for having a strong foundation for effortless movement to happen. A better understanding about this, will form your motivation to do the necessary changes and manage your condition independently.

THE MYTHS ABOUT A STRONG PELVIC FLOOR

“Pelvic flaws” refer to any dysfunction regarding the pelvic floor muscles and structures, with different symptoms. The pelvic floor is made up out of layers of muscles and other tissues that form a muscular hammock at the bottom of the pelvis. It forms part of the deepest core stabilizing muscles. The pelvic floor muscles play an important role in controlling intra-abdominal pressure, which is vital for core stability, the stability of your lower back and pelvis.

Lack of knowledge about the pelvic floor structure, and how it function, is not a general topic of discussion among people. There are many misinterpretations about how your pelvic floor muscles work and what their biomechanical functions are. This is always a very interesting topic with very insightful information. Knowledge is power, and the pathway to a better understanding to manage your condition independently.

THE JOURNEY THROUGH A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

There is a misconception that you need strong abdominal muscles “to push your baby out”, when in fact it is the uterus contractions and the pelvic floor relaxation, with the correct bearing down- and breathing technique that is important for the labour process. We need strong abdominal muscles to protect the spine as your baby and belly grows bigger. The advantages of exercising before, during and after pregnancy include a decrease in muscle- and joint pain, increased endurance during labour and accelerated recovery post-partum. A better understanding about the above, will form the foundation of the empowerment session so that you can manage the process independently.

A SAFE WORK-SPACE FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

The main focus of Workability Network practices, is to restore function of the injured worker to safely return to work as soon as possible. This benefits all stakeholders – the employee, employer and the funder. Clear communication with the employer to educate them about the graded return to work protocol for an injured worker to safely return to his own occupation, is key for good outcome. As an accredited Network practice for Workability, we caters for the full rehabilitation process by means of work conditioning (strengthening) and work hardening (work simulation). The whole process and the interaction between them, as well as the importance of certain aspects will form the foundation to have a better understanding to manage the process with confidence independently.

THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN

Empowerment about the brain and pain and how to manage it with more confidence

PAIN EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Pain is a normal human experience, but when pain persists for a prolonged period of time (+-12 weeks), it becomes chronic and a potential problem. With chronic pain, the whole nervous system in our body becomes more sensitive to any stimuli. Research has shown now that in as many as 1 out of 4 people, the alarm system may stay activated and becomes too sensitive. Instead of calming down to its resting level, the alarm system remains extra sensitive and unrealistic messages are sent to the brain. However, this is not necessarily an indication of the extent of tissue damage, but just the result of an overprotective alarm system which fires alarming messages off too easily and too fast.


Unfortunately there is a tendency in the medical world to look at pain from the biomedical model, that the amount of pain is related to the amount of tissue damage. However, research has shown that psychosocial factors, your emotions and beliefs such as fear, anxiety, catastraphizing etc. and your environment such as family, job, finances play an important role in your experience of pain.

There are 3 important factors that we empower you with to manage your chronic pain.

Knowledge

As you gain a better understanding of your nervous system and brain, your nerve sensitivity will decrease over weeks and months

Movement

Scientists have shown that when we pump blood and oxygen around our nerves, they calm down. Exercises that promote blood flow, such as aerobic exercise will help calm your nerves down over time

Medication

There are medications designed to calm nerves down. Your doctor will discuss them with you. Ideally, with our Pain Education Programme, you will be able to decrease the need for these medications as you recover. The most sophisticated and powerful medicine cabinet is situated in your brain. The brain uses chemicals such as endorphins, enkephalins, opioids, and serotonin to help us ease the pain. The more you know about your pain and nerves, the more likely your brain will protect you

...we want to help you, to help yourself...To be independent, to manage your own condition!

Self wellness, care and injury prevention is not a luxury but a necessity. Contact us to book a consultation. We are a dynamic team that cares.

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